A flight attendant has revealed the security routine he follows when checking into a hotel (file photo)
A video of an Air New Zealand flight attendant revealing a creepy hotel routine garnered 64,000 views on social media, before being suddenly deleted.
The video shows the procedure followed by flight attendants when entering a hotel room while on duty.
The voiceover explains, “As a flight attendant, the first thing I do when I get to my hotel room is a quick security check.”
She then explains that the first step is to put her suitcases in the door to hold it open.
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The PNC, in full uniform, then shows his first steps. “I check under the beds, and I also check behind the curtains.
“I then open the wardrobe and make sure no one is hiding inside, then in the bathroom, and I check behind the shower curtain.”
She then gives the camera a thumbs up, before explaining that she always makes sure the door latch is locked when she’s in her room.
The video was viewed over 64,000 times on TikTok, but was deleted soon after Stuff trip inquired with Air New Zealand.
The airline’s general manager of cabin crew, Viv Vincent, said Air New Zealand crew are very concerned about safety and security when traveling on domestic and international routes.
“Securing a hotel room is not a standard operating procedure, but our team is trained and encouraged to do one as a precaution. This is standard practice in the airline industry.
“The safety of our crew and pilots is paramount, so we have teams sent out to check all hotels before Air New Zealanders stay there as part of their duty trip,” Vincent said.
Airlines often hire security specialists to teach staff how to perform the security sweep.
Other flight attendants have also posted similar videos on TikTok, with the @cici_inthesky creator explaining her series of checks when entering a hotel room.
She follows a routine similar to that of the Air New Zealand cabin crew member, but also makes sure her peephole on the front door is closed. If there is no lid, she stuffs tissue paper inside so no one can see inside.
She puts a bag in front of the door and a washcloth on her door latch, then explains why in a comment.
“I put the bag in front of the door so that no one could stick a wire under the door and open the security lock with a towel as a backup.”
Several attacks on cabin crew have been reported in recent years. In 2019, a Canadian flight attendant was followed to her hotel room in Mexico and beaten unconscious. In 2017, a man was sentenced to 55 years in prison after he sexually assaulted a crew member who checked into a Detroit hotel.
The Air New Zealand cabin crew member who made the since-deleted video was asked to comment, but has yet to respond.